WHAT IS HISTORY?
History is the study of past events. People know what happened in the past by looking at things from the past including sources (such as books, newspapers and letters) and artefacts (eg pottery, tools and human or animal remains.) A person who studies history is called a historian.
History Curriculum Statement
At St George’s, children access a high quality history curriculum which is inclusive to all, and encompasses British Values throughout. Our aims are to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum, which excites children and ignites their curiosity, ensuring the progressive development of historical concepts, knowledge and skills; and for children to complete in-depth studies of the past.
Being a historian at St George’s Primary School means;
- Developing Curiosity: A high quality history curriculum which excites children and ignites their curiosity through in-depth studies of the past. Our teaching equips pupils with the core knowledge about the history of Britain and how it has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.
- Learning about important events in History: We learn about key events from the Stone Age to the end of the Anglo Saxon era. We also investigate the impact of the Slave Trade and the World Wars in the Merseyside region and, further afield, the impact of Early Islam on Baghdad.
- Understanding Local History: We learn about local history and recent events in our local history (within living memory.) For example, using the local area to look at how buildings have changed in Key Stage 1, to looking at an in depth study of the locality in Key Stage Two. Historical understanding is developed through; using artefacts, photographs, documents and videos. We want children to enjoy and love learning about history by gaining this knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits.
- Being investigative. History involves a lot of enquiry. We will do this by:
- Exploring artefacts and other primary sources. Including documents and photographs.
- Using and evaluating secondary sources such as information books, websites and documentaries.
- Using historical enquiry to be able to ask and answer questions.
- Debating and discussing different events and interpretations of history. This will allow us to develop historical opinions and explore the different aspects of history (cultural, social, economic, military, political, religious history etc).
5. Being knowledgeable about history and having a good understanding of Chronology. By the time we leave school, we should:
- Have a good historical vocabulary which supports oracy skills.
- Be informed about civilizations and empires from the past, understand why they were important and why we still learn about them today.
- Have an understanding of important periods and events that affected the New Brighton, Wallasey and Merseyside area. Specifically, we will learn about the impact of the slavery, the shipping boom and the World Wars.
- Have knowledge about some famous people from history and their impact.
6. Developing our Spiritual, Social, Cultural and Moral understanding. We will learn about times in history but also celebrate cultures and reflect on significant events. We will do this by participating in SMSC topics such as Black History Month, Holocaust Memorial Day and International Women’s Day. History should help to form our moral compass and social awareness.
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